Department of Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers scholarships to outstanding students. Many of these scholarships are 4 year scholarships based on performance and academic excellence. The amounts are determined by The Department of Music Enrollment Management Committee and can be full, half, or quarter tuition waivers. All students who have "outstanding" performance auditions and meet the rigorous academic standards of Rowan University are considered for these scholarships.

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Department of Music Out of State Tuition Reductions

Tuition reduction awards reduce out of state tuition to the in-state level, and are given to outstanding out of state students who meet the highest academic and performance standards.

Rowan University Foundation Scholarships Awarded by the Department of Music

Music scholarships from the Department of Music are awarded based on departmental need, individual talent and academic competence, as determined by the Music Scholarship Committee. The amount and number of awards depend upon monies available in the scholarship fund.

Clarke Pfleeger Scholarship

Honoring Dr. Pfleeger, former chair of the department, funds are generated from an endowment and are dispersed based on a combination of student academic achievement, applied performance, and departmental need.

Delaware Valley Musicians Club Scholarships: Alda Berwin Memorial Scholarship

The Delaware Valley Musicians Club Scholarships are awarded to instrumental full-time undergraduate music majors at Rowan University who have demonstrated outstanding musical ability and who can demonstrate need for financial assistance. Interested students must complete a statement of financial need with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office in Savitz Hall. Students may apply when a request for applications is posted on the bulletin board across the hall from the music office.

W. Clarke Pfleeger Medallion Award

This award is presented annually to a senior music major for his/her outstanding musical achievement and academic performance. Recipients must carry a GPA of at least 3.0.

Students may apply for this award after a request for applications is posted on the bulletin board across the hall from the Music Office. Each candidate must submit in writing the following information:

  • College cumulative grade point average
  • Major instrument or voice
  • Major curriculum (music education, applied, etc.)
  • A list of all college extracurricular activities during his/her tenure as an undergraduate student.

Dr. Hoyle A. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 per student annually. As many as 4 students per year. Established by Mrs. Rose Carpenter with additional support by Verizon Corporation, and Retirees Chapter of Local 2373 AFT at Rowan University, This scholarship is given to outstanding music performance and music education majors.

Frances R. Lax Endowment for Scholarships in the College of Fine and Performing Arts

$1000/year for 4 years. 1 award per year. This scholarship is given to recognize the achievements of first year Fine and Performing Arts students.

Edmund Farrell Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Given to an outstanding and talented African-American Voice Major of high character, musical potential, and work ethic, in The Department of Music. This is an annual award.

Clarence W. Miller Scholarship

Annual award given to an outstanding Junior or Senior vocal major who shows outstanding participation in the Concert Choir.

Jacobs Music Steinway Award

Given annually to the most outstanding graduating piano major.

Byrnina B. Socolofsky Memorial Music Scholarship Fund

Established in loving memory of Byrnina B. Socolofsky, a celebrated music teacher who taught viola and violin for more than 70 years. Founder of the Glassboro Public Schools’ string program and the Glassboro High School Orchestra, Mrs. Socolofsky was also the first woman to conduct the All South Jersey High School Orchestra. Later that year, in conjunction with members of the music faculty of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), she organized the Youth Orchestra at GSC. In addition to teaching students how to play well, she also gave them many life lessons, such as the value of hard work, determination, confidence, and mastery of the English language. An inspiration to everyone, she was a stickler for hard work and success, and she always got it, not only from her students, but especially from herself.

Scholarship recipients should demonstrate strong musical ability in the high strings with an attitude that emulates characteristics that Mrs. Socolofsky expected from her music students. Student must demonstrate a strong musical ability and maintain a GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to a Violist.

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Rowan University Foundation International Pianists Fund

Housing stipends for International Students

Ann B. Ward Medallion Award

This award recognizes high accomplishment in a Fine and Performing Arts medium. The Dean will ask department chairs to supply names of deserving candidates. Student should perform at the highest level of ability, comparable to any young performer/artist in the United States.

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John Wuertz College Community Orchestra Memorial Scholarships

This scholarship is awarded to a string player who is a music major at Rowan University in either the first, second, or third year of instruction and a member of the College Community Orchestra. If no string player is eligible, any member of the orchestra will be eligible. Recipients must have at least a 2.75 cumulative average, have exhibited service to the department, and be honorable persons with high standards and a strong love for music.

Students must be enrolled in an appropriate level of applied music, based upon their term of attendance at Rowan. The regular Department of Music Scholarship Committee, with the addition of the full-time string teacher and the orchestra conductor, will make the selection. Winners are announced at the first orchestra concert in the fall.

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Friends of the Arts Scholarships

Wendell William Colicott Memorial Scholarship Award

This tuition scholarship is awarded to a student in his or her junior year within the College of Performing Arts. The award is presented to that student who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding scholarship, service, and visual/performing ability within their area of specialization. Students must carry a GPA of at least a 3.2 and be nominated by faculty.

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Rowan University Scholarships

Rowan University awards scholarships based on academic merit. For more information regarding Rowan University Scholarships, visit : University Scholarships

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Academic Fraternity : Pi Kappa Lambda

This honor society was founded in 1918 at Northwestern University's Music School. Since then, it has grown to more than 125 chapters in colleges and universities throughout the country. The primary objective of PKL is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship by recognizing those individuals who have advanced their talents by serious, diligent and intelligent study, thereby setting an example for others to do the same. Consideration for membership in the Delta Rho Chapter at Rowan is based on the following criteria: (1) juniors must be in the upper 10% of their class, seniors must be in the upper 20% of their class, (2) all theory course work must have been completed and (3) scholarly conduct is expected. Graduate students must carry a minimum average of 90 in two-thirds of their course work. The society is governed by the Biennial Convention.

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